Square-Enix Sends Out a Notice!

November 16, 2010

Many of us who have been subscribers to Square-Enix’s massive failure of an opus received an automated email over the last 48 hours instructing us to cancel our account b the 20th of November or purchase Crysta so we may begin paying for service.  Today we were giving a yet another reprieve.

Today, we have decided to extend the free trial period an additional 30 days. Please refer to the following for more details.

We have also added a Topics post detailing a portion of the content heading your way in the two large-scale version updates slated for late November and mid-December. This month’s version update, tentatively scheduled for November 25, marks the first step in bringing about significant improvement to FINAL FANTASY XIV, guided in large part by the feedback you, the players, have provided. We are adamant that you should be given the opportunity to experience these changes firsthand before deciding to fully commit to the game. We encourage everyone to view today’s post, as well as the previous Topics post from November 11 outlining the development team’s roadmap for the coming months. Further details regarding payment options and future version updates will be posted as they become available.

With this addition of another 30 free days of service, the boxed version that a lot of us picked up in September now totals 90 days.  Square-Enix had gotten a lot of flack as of late, because the proposed major November patch date was 2 days after most players time was to run out.  Moving this date through til the 19th of December should give players a chance to experience the content of both the November and December patches.  Square-Enix is hopeful that the changes in these patches will garner enough goodwill from players that many will give them a second chance.  With an average server load of 1500 players and dropping daily, they had better pray and work a lot harder and a lot faster if they are going to stem the tide of cancellations.

The most telling part of this sequence of events is that this news came out mere hours after the company reminded players that their free time was about to come to an end.  The conspiracy theorist in me has to believe that they saw the sheer numbers of people who took this reminder as a cue to cancel their account and decided that if they were to keep this game from closing before their PS3 release next Spring, they needed to do something quickly.

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